Sunday, May 6, 2012

Deadline (Newsflesh, Book 2) by Mira Grant

A second part of the zombie trilogy which first part was last year’s nominee. The main character of the first book died at the end of the book, but she “lives” now as a voice in the mind of her brother. The group of bloggers he is running gains knowledge of a widespread conspiracy concerning the zombie plague as a junior researcher seeks refuge from them. She has worked for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and had started a new research project. Soon all the other participants of the study died from various causes and she started to be afraid for her own life. Very soon everyone must run for their lives. There apparently is something about the zombies the CDC REALLY doesn’t want to be publicly known. The team spends most of the book on run and trying to find what might be so secret.
The book was a pretty interesting read, the writing and characters felt better than in the first book of the series. The middle part could have been a tad tighter, and there are many, many extremely large holes in the logic of the book. Starting with the subject of the study which turned out to be so dangerous. The question is so obvious (and one fairly easily epidemiologically researched), that it would have to be completely impossible to prevent anyone studying that subject. Also, to accomplish everything the conspiracy accomplishes it should worldwide and cover thousands if not tens of thousands of people. And “the gang” is on first name basis with the vice president and they don’t contact him because “there is no evidence”?
In spite of its faults, the book was engaging reading.
After the first part, I thought that I wasn’t going to read the rest of the series (if it isn’t nominated for the Hugo). After this book I am pretty sure I’ll pick up the last part no matter what – it doesn’t have to get the nod from the Hugo voters.
624 pp.

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